After last weekend's high speeds in Atlanta the NEXTEL Cup drivers keep it going with another very fast race track. Texas Motor Speedway sees top speeds of over 200MPH and fast laps average better than 194MPH. Texas also has a history of many cautions which keeps the field bunched for close racing.
You can never quite predict what kind of race Texas will produce, but with only three races left in the 2005 Chase you can bet that it will be worth watching.
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Texas Motor Speedway is a 1.5 mile quad-oval. With 24 degrees of banking in the corners the NEXTEL Cup drivers can really haul the mail off into the corners. In order to be fast a driver needs a car that is handling well so they can carry that speed through the turns.
334 Laps = 500 Miles
The Big Picture:
Tony Stewart leads Jimmie Johnson by 43 points and Greg Biffle by 75 points behind. Carl Edwards and Ryan Newman are tied for fourth 107 markers back.
This is a three-driver Chase for the Cup as Edwards and Newman need three great finishes and for all three drivers in front of them to have problems.
- Tony Stewart -0
- Jimmie Johnson -43
- Greg Biffle -75
- Carl Edwards -107
- Ryan Newman -107
- Mark Martin -143
- Matt Kenseth -155
- Rusty Wallace -257
- Kurt Busch -260
- Jeremy Mayfield -310
Silly Season is really starting to take shape as Scott Wimmer was release from the #22 this week. The rumor is that Bobby Labonte may be looking to make a move after another disappointing season with Joe Gibbs Racing. Look for lots of discussion this week about the driver, team and crew changes for 2006. It's starting to come together, but there are still many unanswered questions.
TV: NBC Sunday, November 6th, 3:00PM Eastern.
Radio: PRN and XM Satellite
Actual Race: 3:50 p.m. Eastern
This race is new on the schedule for 2005. Last year Darlington Raceway held down a coveted Chase race. Darlington now has a Saturday night race in May while Texas finally got this date for their long sought after second race.
While Darlington just moved to another date, North Carolina Motor Speedway in Rockingham, NC got bumped completely off of the schedule to make room for Texas to have two races.
In the Spring Greg Biffle started in the back after crashing his primary car in practice. Greg made it to the front in just 87 laps and went on to dominate the day. Biffle lead 219 of the 334 lap distance en route to an easy win. There is every reason to expect that he will dominate again this weekend.
For my backup this week I'm going to also predict the outcome of qualifying. That is, I'm not only calling this guy to win the race, but to do so from the pole. Ryan Newman won in Texas in 2003 and that team has been performing well. Newman will win the pole and is a strong contender to clean up the weekend with the win.